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South Sudan: Authorities crackdown on critics in cross-border campaign of intimidation

The South Sudanese authorities have in recent months escalated their crackdown on peaceful dissent by conducting a cross-border campaign of harassment, intimidation and attacks against critics to prevent a series of global protests on the country’s leadership from taking place, reveals a new briefing by Amnesty International

Sudan rebels reject junta-opposition political agreement

The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of Sudanese armed movements, has declared its categorical rejection of the political agreement signed between the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC formerly known as the Alliance for Freedom and Change) on Wednesday

NUP welcomes Sudan’s political transition deal

July 17, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The National Umma Party (NUP) of Sadiq al-Mahdi welcomed the political agreement reached by the ruling junta and the opposition coalition saying it represents "a framework that puts an end to destructive violence and long political vacuum".
The statement which was issued late on Wednesday comes after the rejection of the political agreement by the armed groups of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Sudanese Communist Party.
"The agreement marks the (...)

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Ethiopia: UNHCR Bi-weekly Operational Update: 1-15 July 2019

Source: UN High Commissioner for Refugees
Country: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Uganda

Cholera prevention measures in Tigray and Afar Camps: Following the Ethiopian Public Health Institute’s declaration of the outbreak of a cholera epidemi...

Head of Egyptian intelligence service visits South Sudan

July 17, 2019 (JUBA) – The head of the Egyptian intelligence service, Abbas Kamel made a brief visit to South Sudan on Wednesday.
reportedly met South Sudan's leader, Salva Kiir and conveyed to him a message from his Egyptian counterpart, Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
The Egyptian official also met his South Sudanese counterpart on means of enhancing bilateral relations within the security sector.
In January this year, Kiir visited Cairo and briefed El Sisi about the peace agreement signed (...)

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Sudan rebels reject junta-opposition political agreement

The Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF), a coalition of Sudanese armed movements, has declared its categorical rejection of the political agreement signed between the ruling Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC for...

‘Soldiers’ gang-rape two South Darfur girls

Two girls were gang-raped, allegedly by government troops, as they returned home from working their farm in Deleig locality, South Darfur.

Demos for justice, civilian rule in Sudan

On Wednesday, a number of marches and demonstrations were launched in a number of districts and markets of Khartoum to demand the punishment of murderers of protestors and a return to civilian authority.

South Sudan seeks Chinese support in education sector

July 17, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan is seeking to strengthen cooperation with China to enhance development in the education sector.
The country's general education minister, Deng Deng Hoc Yai, said Juba seeks to expand the existing cooperation with Beijing in an effort to increase education opportunities in Africa's newest nation.
Deng, Xinhua reported, also disclosed that they began discussions on a new education agreement that would allow China print more text books for South Sudan and (...)

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Sudan: SKBN Coordination Unit – Humanitarian Update (July 2019) [EN/AR]

Source: Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust
Country: South Sudan, Sudan

FOOD SECURITY AND AGRICULTURE

Uncertain food security outlook

At the peak of the lean season in the SPLM-N areas of south Kordofan and Blue Nile an atypical lean season is currently t...

Four dead, seven injured in N. Liech state ambush

July 17, 2019 (BENTIU) - Four people were killed and seven others wounded in a revenge attack in South Sudan's Northern Liech State on Monday.
The road ambush, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune, took place along Nhialdiu road, which is between Bentiu and Thuokchienglok.
The attackers, believed to be from Jagei-Nuer, killed a woman and three men.
All roads leading south of the state have reportedly been closed since Tuesday.
Citizens have also been warned by government to avoid using roads (...)

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South Sudan launches new mobile money service

July 17, 2019 (JUBA) - South Sudan has officially launched its first mobile money service platform codenamed, M-Gurush.
The service, officials said, represents a partnership between the mobile phone operator Zain South Sudan and Trinity Technologies.
Authorities are optimistic the service will boost financial inclusion in a country whose economy has massively been affected by civil war.
Speaking during last week's launch, South Sudan's minister of information, Michael Makuei Lueth said the (...)

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Saudi FM state minister discuss Sudan’s crisis with U.S. officials

July 17, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The Saudi State Minister for Foreign Affairs discussed the political transition in Sudan and the region with the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Arabian Gulf Affairs and US Envoy for Sudan Donald Booth.
The official Saudi news agency reported that Minister Adel Al Jubeir met with Timothy Lenderking, and Donald Booth on Wednesday to discuss "a number of regional and international issues of common interest".
Pressed by lawmakers in the Congress and the (...)

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Sudan’s political agreement fails to resolve difference over transitional parliament

July 16, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - The political agreement reached Wednesday between the Transitional Military Council (TMC) and the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC) did not resolve the difference over the legislative council composition as it provides that every party sticks to its initial position.
In accordance with the agreement, the FFC reiterated its position that 67% of the legislative council would be dedicated to the FFC groups as agreed last May; while the TMC reaffirmed its demand to (...)

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